Gloria A. Young is the instructor of two on-line self-paced anthropology courses, Introduction to Anthropology and North American Indians. She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with minors in Ethnomusicology and Folklore from Indiana University, Bloomington. After retiring from the University of Arkansas Museum in 2002, she continued to teach the University of Arkansas anthropology correspondence courses that she had taught since 1987. Subsequently, she converted them to today’s on-line courses. She also taught University of Arkansas on-campus anthropology classes in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Dr. Young is the author of numerous journal articles and of “Intertribal Religious Movements,” “Plains Music,” “Quapaw” and “Kansa,” in the Plains volume of the Handbook of North American Indians. With Michael Hoffman, she edited the book The Expedition of Hernando De Soto. Her master’s thesis at the University of Arkansas is about the Otomi Indians of the Mesquital Valley of Mexico where she did fieldwork in the 1970s and her Ph.D. dissertation describes the history of intertribal powwows in Eastern Oklahoma.
Dr. Young’s research interests include the arts, music, and language of the Indians of the Americas. She assists various tribes in matters relating to cultural heritage affected by NAGPRA.